By Danny Wright
Rangers are bracing themselves for a possible battle to keep hold of Jamie Barjonas, according to a report.
News outlet HITC claims that English Championship outfit Norwich have tabled a bid for the highly-rated teenager, who only made his senior debut for the Light Blues in May.
Barjonas is a product of the Gers’ youth system and was one of many youngsters to have been given the nod by Pedro Caixinha towards the end of last season.
The midfielder, 18, played four times in the Scottish Premiership, earning his first spot in the starting line-up in a 2-1 win at St. Johnstone on the final day of the campaign.
It is understood that Norwich have been monitoring the progress for Barjonas for quite a while, and it seems that his step up to first-team football at Ibrox has seen their interest peak.
HITC claims that Barjonas is now in the final year of his contract with Rangers and “could face a major battle” to keep him on the blue half of Glasgow.
The midfielder, who usually plays in a holding role, has represented the Scotland national team at both Under-16 and Under-17 level.
Football Insider Verdict
Rangers simply cannot afford to let another highly-rated youngster slip through the net after what happened with Billy Gilmour’s recent switch to Premier League champions Chelsea. Barjonas definitely has the potential to earn a good amount of first-team experience with the Light Blues next season, especially after Caixinha has been left so underwhelmed by his current senior crop of players. Ryan Jack and Carlos Pena have been his only inclusions in the midfield so far, but neither of them can play in a more reserved role like Barjonas. The teenager should stake a claim for that spot and stay at Ibrox.
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